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Morning is the best time to observe nature

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Up in the morning with the rising solar, gotta get issues going, gotta get issues executed. 

An early stroll in your yard whereas sipping your morning espresso will present you that different creatures have beat you to it. Observing the sandy soil, you could discover footprints left behind by birds and small animals which have paid a go to to your space seeking meals. 

The best time to observe nature is early morning when animals are prepared for a meal, identical to we people have breakfast. Whether you’re taking in the view out of your window or on a stroll outdoor, mornings are once you’ll see the most exercise. 

Hungry squirrels having their breakfast on a lofty pecan tree limb left these shells in the grass below.

“Not humans, but birds often witness the most beautiful mornings in this world.” — Mehmet Murat Ildan 

Eight years in the past, on considered one of my early walks, I used to be pleasantly stunned to spot 4 otter pups swimming. They had been being coached by their mother in a small creek branching off from the most important river. 

The sun peeps out at sunrise through tumultuous clouds.

That was the first time I had seen them there, the place they’d been birthed in a den made by the mom otter underneath an enormous tree root system in the mud financial institution. I loved watching their antics, however a lot to my disappointment, I’ve not seen any since then. 

Over the years I’ve actually loved my morning walks to the creek, particularly on low tides. Low tide, revealing numerous mud financial institution and shallow operating waters, is like playtime for all sorts of water fowl. 

Tiny prints in the sand show where birds have walked.

One financial institution could have a bunch of wooden stork, wearing tuxedo-style black and white feathers, feeding on snails and tadpoles. In one other course you’ll be able to spot the hanging pink feathers of the roseate spoonbill because it swishes a big, flat invoice in the water to shock a fish for breakfast. September and October look like their favourite season to frequent the creek. 

Cool mornings bring earthworms to the top of the soil.

With the colder months creeping in, surprisingly sufficient, it appears January and February is the pelicans’ favourite time to pay a go to to the creek. They indulge in the solar on a sandy financial institution or perch atop a pier heading with an eye fixed on the waters under, prepared to dive for a fish. 

Of course, different water fowl could be noticed year-round, like the egrets, herons and cormorants, sunning on the dock, preening and stretching their wings whereas a bunch of black skimmers comes zooming by earlier than diving into the water. 

A few persimmon fruits, not yet ripe, can be seen inside the home of webworms.

“I think I could turn and live with animals; they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long.” — Walt Whitman 

When fall strikes in, early mornings is usually a good time to view one other creature prepared for breakfast: webworms. Morning dew saturates their webs, making them stand out in ghostly white lots atop the branches of pecan, hickory, walnut and persimmon timber. The eggs of the moth hatch out into caterpillars and devour the leaves for meals. 

Ghostly webs encasing caterpillars cover the top of a pecan tree.

“All of the animals except for man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” — Samuel Butler 

Wild turkeys feed all through the day, however they’re known as opportunistic feeders as a result of they normally have their heaviest feeding interval in the first few hours of morning and several other hours earlier than brooding. An avid hunter is aware of the best time to hunt is very first thing in the morning. 

A ground mole burrow is visible in the morning light.

With Thanksgiving proper round the nook, the common particular person may suppose this is the time to go turkey searching. Not so, in accordance to the state of South Carolina, which has its turkey harvest season operating from April 1 to May 10 in sport zones 1 and a couple of. So so as to have your wild turkey for Thanksgiving, it has to be harvested in the spring and saved in your freezer till November. 

A group of wild turkeys is spotted at the edge of the woods.

Jean Tanner is a lifelong resident of rural Bluffton. She could be reached at jstmeema@hargray.com.

Jean Tanner